Apr 25, 2017

Sunless in Seattle: New Records Smashed For Rainy-Season Precipitation

Seattle, WA
USA
by
Jon Erdman
,
The Weather Channel

Seattle may have a rainy, dreary reputation, but the persistence and amount of rain since fall has rewritten the record books in the Pacific Northwest.

Since Oct. 1, a whopping 44.69 inches of precipitation has been measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport through Monday. This topped the previous October-through-April record for the city set just one year ago and is almost 14 inches above the average for those seven months combined.

What's more, the Emerald City also smashed the record number of days with measurable precipitation in that period – 144.

Put another way, there has been at least .01 inch of precipitation at SeaTac Airport for 70 percent of the days since Oct. 1. Roughly 53 percent of days are wet in a typical October through April, according to National Weather Service 30-year average statistics.